The Host by Stephenie Meyer

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: abduction, mind control, violence, death.

Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars


Not quite back to back Meyer action this month! I’ve had this on my TBR for two months now, and I’m pretty sure I’ve read it before but it’s been a long time.

In a futuristic, dystopian type setting, we are introduced to Wanderer, a soul that has been implanted into the body of a young woman named Melanie, a captured human host. This is all considered perfectly normal to the Healer and Seeker whom matched the two together, but things aren’t going to plan post-surgery. Often, according to the Healer, it is easy for the soul to overtake control of the mind and body of the host- but Wanderer is having  a very difficult time keeping Melanie submissive, and this doesn’t bode well with her assigned Seeker, who is trying to gain information from Melanie’s human experiences to capture the remaining humans in hiding.

Wanderer doesn’t know what to do. As a soul, she never lies and doesn’t believe in violence or conflict, yet this Seeker is determined to get answers from her. Melanie, on the other hand, is desperately trying to conceal all the information she can from Wanderer in regards to her brother, Jamie, and the man she loves, Jared. She wants to keep them safe from the Seeker, and her emotions and memories that are unveiled are stronger than anything Wanderer has ever felt. Soon, Wanderer starts to share the same feelings with Melanie, and realizes that she loves Jamie and Jared just as much as Melanie. This puts them all in danger- since the Seeker isn’t getting the information from Wanderer, she’s volunteered to take over Melanie’s body instead, which would essentially kill Melanie, once the Seeker has gotten the information she needs. Melanie gives Wanderer the push she needs, and before they know it, they are off the beaten path, trying to find their way back to Jamie and Jared, and ensuring their safety before they are either caught or killed.

Little did they know, they would not only find the boys again, but a colony of humans and new motivation to keep them all alive.

It took me a while to get into the story- I think I have a hard time with the dystopian, futuristic fantasy books because it’s completely unknown, and my imagination has to actually work! However, once I got into the story, it was hard to put down. I loved the imagery the Meyer created, and the dialogue between Wanderer and Melanie. I did remember a few things as I was rereading, but not enough to spoil any of Meyer’s plot twists. It took me over a week to finish it because I’ve been preoccupied with a bunch of work-related and family-related stuff, but it provided a nice mental break from everything when I did have the chance read.

Overall, I would definitely recommend, especially for those who love the dystopian settings.

Published: March 8, 2018

Publisher: Hub City Press

TL/DR: The Host by Stephenie Meyer is dystopian novel about a Soul that takes over the body of a human, and how one affects the other.

Read it? Yes! If you love YA dystopian novels, it’s a good read.

Recommend it? Yes!

Buy it? It’s a backlist book, so there’s plenty of second-hand copies available to snag for your Meyer collection.

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